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Information on software both hosted, like Jcink, Icyboards, as well as guides on how to delve into the world of self hosting or piggy back hosting.

33 guides in this category

  1. IPB 1.3 Custom ACT Pages - Written By xexes,

    How to make custom pages into your IPB 1.3 forum

    Software: Jcink
    • 4,234 views
  2. Combating Spam in MyBB - Written By VirusZero,

    If you have a MyBB forum then you likely have at some point had to deal with spam. Most admins do inevitably have to cross this bridge. So, with that in mind, this guide will attempt to show you some of the most common ways to handle spam and what I feel are the most effective ways to manage spam and keep your forum clean. Some updated information can be found in Kit the Human's guide found here.

    Software: MyBB
    • 623 views
  3. Convert from JFH/IF to PHPBB - Written By VirusZero,

    If you've started a forum with either Jcink or InvisionFree and ever wanted to go self-hosted getting there can be a daunting task. One can't simply import the database into the new software and have things work. The newer database conversion tools (like MyBB's Merge) don't understand the older formats anymore. So that means a little extra work is needed to get from JFH/IF to another software. This guide shows the steps needed to do that.

    Software: Jcink, phpBB
    • 532 views
  4. Using Style Tags (CSS) In Posts - Written By isoldehn,

    As the title suggests I am going to show you two ways to allow style (<style></style>) tags (CSS) in posts on your board!

    Software: MyBB
    • 490 views
  5. InsaneJournal Navigation guide - Written By Archaic Cyborg,

    InsaneJournal

    Foreword: This documentation was written by Blackjack Bart of RPG-D & DF. This guide has been updated from the original version, and there my be changes that are not obvious to first-time IJ users.

     

    Topics that are covered in this thread include:

    1. Navigation: The Sidebar
    2. Abbreviations & Slang
    3. Creating an Account
    4. Posting threads
    5. Journal & Community customization
    6. IJ Resources.

    Software: Journals (Tumblr, Wordpress, Livejournal, Insanejournal)
    • 475 views
  6. Welcome to this shiny new documentation on IPS Pages (formerly known as IP.Content), the content management component of the community suite system by InvisionPower Services. This documentation will guide you through what Pages is, the benefits you'll get from working with a full content management system, and guide you through some of the most excellent features of a very powerful software.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
    • 475 views
  7. Add Premium to all your forums! - Written By Crossroads Demon,

    A short guide to adding your premium service to all your Jcink forums! 

    Software: Jcink
    • 403 views
  8. Default Avatar Fix (If Not Showing) - Written By isoldehn,

    For an unknown reason, sometimes when we try to place user avatars in particular areas, the default avatar (if they do not have one) does not show! I'll explain here a little HTML (image scroll tag with javascript) fix that will solve all your problems. Usually this problem will occur while putting the image in the header area or somewhere else. If you are having this problem on posts or profiles, this solution may work as well you'll just need to play around with the variable used for the users avatar.

    Software: MyBB
    • 356 views
  9. After an update on Icyboards (I believe around 02/10/2017), it seems that a few of Icyboard hosted forums are having some issues with inline moderation (as well as a few other things such as multiquote).

     

    There is a possible quick fix/solution to this issue and I would like to address it here, have no fear this will almost certainly fix your issues, especially if they just started happening out of the blue and you haven't touched anything in the coding.

    Software: MyBB
    • 339 views
  10. How to manage moderators - Written By Morrigan,

    This guide is meant to show JCink administrators how to manage their moderators. From adding them to a single forum to making global mods.

    Software: Jcink
    • 303 views
  11. If you are anything like me you hate a long list of plugins in your ACP and you really hate uploading plugins because anything could go wrong (like accidentally placing files where they don't belong and finding them 3 weeks later thinking "how the ****?". So here is my replacement for this issue. There are two topics for this section. The first is the basic generic "pulling" and the second is a more advanced clean up for self hosted mybb forums (because unfortunately using the built in portals latest posts/threads function does not show thread prefixes (which a lot of people use for dictating whether or not a thread is Mature, Open, Private, etc.) and it also does not style a username with the color/styles attached to the usergroup) which we will fix in that section of this tutorial.

    Software: MyBB
    • 293 views
  12. This is a CSS only sidebar code for mybb (and icyboards.) You can adapt it for any other board software, but this guide is focused on mybb.

    Software: MyBB
    • 230 views
  13. Confession: I have never had a problem with spam on my icyboards or self hosted mybb forums. Here is my guide to combatting spam, updated from VirusZero's guide.

    Software: MyBB
    • 173 views
  14. Want to install a plugin? Not sure how? Read here!

    Software: MyBB
    • 169 views
  15. Recent Posts w/o Plugin - Written By isoldehn,

    This guide offers two options to installing and running recent posts on your forum. It also uses the recent posts from the portal so portal settings will dictate how this will work but I have updated this to include thread prefixes and username/group display to properly show.

     

    Version 1.8.x

    Software: MyBB
    • 169 views
  16. Centered custom fields, while default for IPS, normally look a little messy when you have more than one or two things listed, this is a simple guide on how to make some minor changes to make a big difference, feel free to adjust as you like.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
    • 165 views
  17. Getting Familiar with SMF - Written By Arceus,

    Where are the options I'm looking for? What are all these other options? How do I make it do this? Can I make it do that? This handy guide to getting set up with SMF should help answer some of these burning questions. Even if you've been using SMF for a while, I'd peek at this guide anyway, as you may find something in it you didn't know SMF did! It aims to take you from installation to initial set ups, and also has a neat list of useful modifications, some pro and con things, and a bunch of "this person's spent too long working with this software" rambling.

    Software: SMF
    • 156 views
  18. A lot of boards like to use census totals for characters of specific sex, group (like factions, clans and so on), posts in specific boards and so on so forth. Here I will explain a base script to allow such counting and a few tips on pointers on where to go to further your abilities with what I have given you here. I will also do my best to explain what I have done while keeping it simplified and avoiding an overly defined/long guide.

    Software: MyBB
    • 139 views
  19. The basic information on coding for the IPS Character Mod using Custom fields to be able to make custom mini-profiles and profiles.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
    • 136 views
  20. So you have found a theme that you like? Here is a guide on how to import it, along with some of the common issues that you might come across.

    Software: MyBB
    • 129 views
  21. This guide is a simple guide to show you how to move your profile fields out of the left column and into their own tab.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
    • 129 views
  22. SMF: Installing Mods That Error - Written By Arceus,

    A little quick guide on what to do when a mod you're installing on SMF errors, and how to install it anyway. Did SubAccounts give you an error? Yeah, I bet it did. That's okay, it still works on 2.0.15, you just need to do some tweaking. A lot of mods that error will work anyway; this handy guide will show you how to make them do their thang.

    Software: SMF
    • 124 views
  23. An absence list (using the "Away" status option via User CPs) that also displays attached accounts (using the "Account Switcher" plugin).

    Software: MyBB
    • 122 views
  24. IPS, by default, uses square avatars and the Character Mod matches this system but there is a way to get taller avatars, you can actually even use this method to get larger avatars for your standard site avatars.

    Software: Invision Power Services (IPS)
    • 110 views
  25. This guide quickly discusses the how to when setting up your HTTPS and also informs you of great ways to ensure you secure flag stays green without mixed content warnings. You need to contact your hosting provider for information on gaining a TLS certificate.  RPG Initiative hosting already does that part for you when you sign up.

    Software: MyBB
    • 105 views
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